Indianism And Imperialism

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The first source is a quotation from Prime Minister John A. Macdonald, regarding the Aboriginal peoples and their tribal system. The source states, “The Canadian Government will do away with the tribal system, and assimilate the Indian people in all respect with the inhabitants of the Dominion.” This source presents the idea that the relationship between the Aboriginals and the Federal government in Canada at the time was very harmful and demonstrated a lack of respect towards the First Nations. At the time, the Prime Ministers plan was to assimilate the Indigenous people and their culture. This progressed on for nearly five hundred years where there was the concept of Imperialism, The implementation of the Indian Act, residential schools and …show more content…
The young boy on the left appears to have a traditional Indian dress on with the long hair, which represent a warrior in many Indian tribes and is very traditional. The conventional clothing garments have a lot of cultural significances and workmanship attached to the Aboriginal culture. These clothing items were handmade by a highly skilled elder, such as a grandmother or grandfather. Hundreds of hours went into hand making a piece of clothing, as each pattern, bead and color on the garment had a special meaning and representation towards the Indian tribes. Over the period of assimilation, imperialism and the introduction of residential schools, there was a significant loss of culture and knowledge from elders. This associates with the loss of knowledge and skill to create these traditional garments. This is a result of the government 's attempt to assimilate the Indians. On the contrary, the photo on the right represents the effect of residential schools on the traditional Indian boy. The initially Aboriginal boy transformed into a traditional, strict European boy. The traditional young man appears to be dressed in a suit with dress shoes, indicating a drastic change in original European clothing and views. The boy also has short hair in the photo, showing a …show more content…
The three sources all provide a timeline of events in the government 's past attempts in assimilating the Aboriginals. The first source explains the initiation and early years of assimilation, residential schools, and imperialism. The third source presents the resolution and new beginnings between the Aboriginals and federal government. Both source one and three explain the relationship and the role of the government in the relationship with the Aboriginals. The second source visually represents the progression and effects of residential schools. Connections between source one and two can be made as their main topic is assimilating the Indians through methods such as residential schools and destroying all tribes and communities. Over the long period of these events, it all led to the assimilation of Indians and the culture nearly becoming

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